As John Lennon so pointedly asks “So..this Christmas…and what have we done? Another year over and a new one just begun”. When I hear this lyric I feel slight slacker panic. What REALLY have I done this year? My knee jerk reaction would be to say that there have been losses and gains this year. There has been hurt and there has been healing. I haven’t blogged much, mostly pictures with captions. There have been blog posts that are hidden in the crevices of my heart and mind. I’m still….but I’m here. So why don’t I remember the details of 2013? At the end of each year I like to dig back into the calendar to see….what has this year brought?
January: I subbed in special education classrooms, a challenging, but rewarding experience. I grow new appreciation for my children. My oldest son dances in his school talent show.
February: I babysat a lot. I attended my first same-sex civil ceremony and it was beautiful.
March: A Chicago trip to wrap up the last of my talk show phase. This time my boys appear . I’m getting more comfortable with my food monitor job, but still learning.
April: Lots of dance competitions. I lose a dear Uncle, I gain a precious niece.
May: Another semester of community college adjunct teaching wraps up. I buy a car.
June: Head to the Dells for a successful dance Nationals. I complete my Ed.S.
July: Summer with the kids in full gear. I see beautiful fireworks. I replace a busted car mirror.
August: My youngest starts preschool..then she gets her tonsils out. I become a soccer mom. The school drop off and pick ups baffle me a bit.
September: I turn 37. I attend a blogging conference in Ohio. Lake Erie is beautiful. I come home and pull 2 wisdom teeth. Later celebrate 14th Wedding anniversary.
October: My oldest makes his Confirmation. I’m a dance mom again. Parenting responsibilities are in full gear with appointments, conferences, field trips, and the all the rest.
November: I have a teenager now. The process of letting go begins.
December: I wrap up a year of working, teaching, learning, growing, loving and parenting. The holidays come and I am grateful. My children are young and the Santa spirit is in ¾ of the kids still. I am aware that many are hurting in a way that I have not truly realized in years past. I realize that life is precious.
So that is 2013…for me. I hope yours was also a year of working, teaching, learning, loving and growing. Wishing you all a wonderful 2014!